Monday, February 11th, 2013
Lucia Petrella Nance, 100, of Columbus, went peacefully to serve the Lord on Feb. 8, 2013.
She was born July 18, 1912, to Berardino and Anna Gualtieri Petrella.
She is survived by her brother, Tony Petrella; sister-in-law, Bernice Nance Phillips; children, Patricia Nance Brown, Barbara Nance Smith, Freda Nance Smith, Charles and Geri Nance and Bernie and Jeanne Nance; 21 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred; eight siblings, Bernard, Adam, Rockey Cloud, Eva Hartman, Mary Gossman, Margaret Savoia, Phyllis and Connie Galvin; and a grandson, Bryan Smith.
She and her husband were proprietors of Nance's Sportsmen Shop in Columbus and charter members of St. Christopher Church, Columbus. She served on the parish council and was a member of the Women's Club and Altar Rosary Society.
She was a charter member and first president of the Tri-Village Women's Democratic Club, where she became friends of Annie and John Glenn and met many Democratic sisters. She was selected as the Sweetheart of the Franklin County Democratic Club in 1985. She was the first Columbus Day Queen Isabella in 1929.
Her patron saint is St. Anthony of Padua, and she was the president of St. Anthony of Padua Circle 1. The club was organized in Italy by her mother, Anna Gualtieri, her aunts and uncle, Rosina Presutti, Angeline Malfe and Connie Tarantelli and her uncle, Andrew Gualtieri. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Women's Club. She was a big fan of the Reds' Baseball Club.
Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Christopher Church, Columbus.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, Columbus. Rosary will be 7 p.m. with a prayer service to follow.
Donations may be made to St. Christopher Tuition Fund or St. Anthony of Padua Circle 1 Scholarship Fund.